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Tango0130 May 2018 9:20 p.m. PST

"We know that skimpy armor that shows off a woman's cleavage is rather impractical for combat and that sculpted "boob plate" armor can be a hazard to your health, but on occasions that women did don armor in medieval Europe, what kind of armor did they actually wear? And is shapely, feminine armor a modern convention, or does it have some roots in the Middle Ages?…."
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nvdoyle Inactive Member31 May 2018 6:49 p.m. PST

None, with vanishingly few exceptions.

goragrad31 May 2018 9:41 p.m. PST

If they were in a situation that required it the women would wear pretty much the same armor that the men wore.

Unless it was parade or ceremonial in any period the armor in use had evolved to be the best protection that society had available.

Wearing anything else would be counter productive.

zardoz1957 Supporting Member of TMP01 Jun 2018 7:50 a.m. PST


Tango0101 Jun 2018 12:23 p.m. PST

Isabel La Catolica… didn't were an armor?….by memory I'm sure she did…


goragrad01 Jun 2018 9:12 p.m. PST

And as I noted Tang01, she undoubtedly wore whatever armor was current at the time.

Might have had a harness made to fit her torso, etc., but no radar domes or other fantasy bits.

Tango0101 Jun 2018 10:18 p.m. PST

Here it is….




uglyfatbloke08 Jul 2018 5:07 p.m. PST

X2 for Goragrad.

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2018 6:41 p.m. PST

Isabel La Catolica… didn't were an armor?….by memory I'm sure she did…

Wow Tango. You're a bit older than I imagined.

None, with vanishingly few exceptions.

Exactly, and that makes Isabel just one of the few exceptions.

Beaumap Inactive Member24 Jul 2018 12:16 p.m. PST

What a weird question? It makes me think of The Knight's Tale movie, with the feisty but very slight Scottish girl who is an armourer! As historical as the David Bowie track playing in the background.

Tango0124 Jul 2018 12:35 p.m. PST

Bowman… dude! (smile)


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